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2 Students Hope Their Investment In Arts Education Will Pay Off

Follow your dreams — that's what so many parents tell their kids. But at what cost? We caught up with two students who chose very different paths to study the arts in New York City.

My Witch's Blue Christian McBride, Makoto Ozone et. al.

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What Is Fair? High School Students Talk About Affirmative Action

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Hat Trick Soulive
Right Now Mocean Worker

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2 Students Hope Their Investment In Arts Education Will Pay Off

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Little by Little Radiohead

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Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted As Soon As January

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Gonna Be [Ben Human Mix] Mo' Horizons
Rosebud Jeff Beck
One Who Really Loves You Booker T. & the MG's
Overture (Nutcracker) Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue In 2016

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Jigsaw Puzzles And A Swear Jar: Democratic Convention Chief Prepares For Philly

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C Jam Blues Oscar Peterson Trio
Last Crusade Sam Roberts Band & Sam Roberts

Latifa Ibn Ziaten, shown here speaking to French elementary schoolchildren in March, started an organization to prevent radicalization after her son, a French soldier, was killed by an Islamist gunman in March 2012. Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mother Of Slain French Soldier Fights Against Radicalization

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Blue Christmas Joe Perry

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Big, Bold, Wild: We Re-Create Christmas Dinners Of Centuries Past

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An Icy Chill From The Past Threatens A Steady Flame In '45 Years'

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